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When high-speed rail finally arrives in Central Florida, Orlando International Airport wants to be ready - with a "Grand Central Station" of terminals that could include multiple rail lines, food and retail concessions, a hotel and rental-car counters, officials said March 17, the Orlando Sentinel reports. There is no estimate yet on how much the terminal would cost or who would pay for it, though airport leaders said they think state and federal officials should provide most of the money.

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A waterfront rail line in Philadelphia moved closer to reality as the Delaware River Port Authority approved a $6.5-million contract for environmental studies and preliminary design, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The work, expected to take about two years, is to prepare the way for a proposed $500-million light-rail line in the middle of Columbus Boulevard between Pier 70 and Girard Avenue.

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Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. Said mine site development is near final completion and production has already begun at its Bloom Lake mine in Ontario. First shipments of ore from the port at Pointe-Noire will commence in May 2010. As of December 31, 2009, a total of C$463 million had been spent on the development of the Bloom Lake mine. 


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Freight railroad officials are wondering what happened to the tens of millions of dollars from a 2005 bond issue that was to be invested in rail and port improvements, Albany Times-Union reports. Just $70 million of the $186 million earmarked has been spent, none of that in the past two years. Instead, rail officials grouse, state officials continue to review $200 million in grant requests submitted before Oct. 1, 2008.

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Construction crews have already started the three-year project to replace the Niantic River Bridge in Connecticut, but onlookers won't see the substantial work begin for a few more weeks, The Day reports. Workers have been at Cini Park near the entrance of the boardwalk since last week, staging heavy machinery and creating a ramp that will allow them to better move equipment up to the railroad tracks. Amtrak officials said the significant work will start in April when construction barges are brought out.

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Illinois is already investing to make way for a high-speed rail system expected to spread across the Midwest and hasten commutes between its major cities, The Christian Science Monitor reports. The projects are in preparation for the $2.6 billion President Obama promised the Midwest in January to modernize its transportation network with high-speed rail. That money is part of a larger $11-billion high-speed rail package made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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While it strongly supports a new regulation that requires railroads to implement technology capable of making rail movements safer, the Chlorine Institute, Inc. asked the Federal Railroad Administration to re-issue the rule with a corrected cost-benefit analysis.

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On behalf of the Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors, ARRC Board Chairman John Binkley expressed congratulations to ARRC President & CEO Patrick Gamble on his selection as the new University of Alaska president. "He is deserving of the trust that the university regents have placed in Pat's leadership, management and familiarity with Alaskan issues," said Binkley.  

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HDR has been awarded a five-year contract for extensive on-call right-of-way services with Sound Transit, which provides mass transit in Washington's King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.


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The Canadian federal government and the railways must improve safety at high-risk crossings on busy passenger train routes, according to the country's transportation accident investigator, local media report.

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